Rowling sues Indian festival for building replica of Hogwarts Castle

  1. KOLKATA, India (AFP) - Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is suing organisers of a religious event for constructing a replica of her imaginary Hogwarts Castle in an eastern India city, officials said Thursday.
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    Rowling and her publishers Bloomsbury are seeking two million rupees (50,000 dollars) from the organisers constructing an elaborate castle from canvas and papier mache in Kolkata for the upcoming Durga Puja festival, court officials said.
    The Delhi High Court has summoned the builders on Friday to present their case, they said.
    The suit, which runs into 394 pages, argues the organisers of the Hindu festival can stage the upcoming event in the gigantic marquee only after paying two million rupees to the British author.
    Rowling's fictitious world depicts the castle as an ancient school of witchcraft where her eponymous hero Harry Potter learns wizardry.
    The marquee in Kolkata's Salt Lake district replicates the imaginary castle's outer contours and includes an imitation marble staircase and flagged stone floor in the entrance hall, lit with flaming torches, witnesses said.
    The festival organising secretary, Santunu Biswas, said his team would go ahead with the preparations for the four-day festivities, eastern India's most celebrated annual religious carnival.
    "What we are building is not a violation of copyright act anywhere in the world because it's a religious festival and has nothing to do with money-making," Biswas told AFP.
    Another organiser, Robin Mukherjee, said he was stunned.
    "The summons came at a time when the marquee is almost ready and we don't know what to do now as we cannot afford to pay the fine," the visibly angry official added.
    "It's just a theme ...We have also modelled the Titanic and no-one sued us," he said.


    (http://uk.news.yahoo.com/afp/20071011/ten-entertainment-india-literature-potte-1dc2b55_1.html)
     
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  2. Guess they learned their lesson, get permission to use copywrited or trademarked images before you dive right in.
     
  3. That's not really relevant, since the victim is poor and the predator is very wealthy.

    You would think that J K Rowling would have more than enough money, and less than enough time, to be disrupting religious festivals in India.
     
  4. this event is huge in hinduism for jk rowling to sue is just sad because it's just a religious event and india is not profiting from it.
     
  5. I agree and also with the post above. I was very disappointed in Rowling to hear this.
     
  6. Part of me almost thinks that it was her people who filed it without her knowledge.

    Remember that story stating that Angelina Jolie had this long list of restrictions given to interviewers and it turned out she had no knowledge of that list before it was released?


    Maybe this is the same thing.
     
  7. It is certainly possible that her Kolkata agent may remind her that India is a somewhat populous country, not to mention one that has in recent decades kindly supplied her homeland with a rather sizeable number of citizens and readers, and that her sales in both those markets are such that it will be better if it is indeed a case of an overzealous worker, who has now been dismissed or at least sharply upbraided. They can even talk to Angelina's people for some advice on how to get that story out.
     
  8. That certainly seems more plausible. I don't think of J.K. Rowling as being particularly lawsuit happy.
     
  9. Wow isn't she already one of the richest people in the world? She must be full of herself and money hungry to pursue something like this. She's obviously forgotten where she came from. Very disappointed in hearing this.
     
  10. I think it was far more WB or Bloomsbury then her, she has no problem with fan-fiction or anything of that sort. She doesn't seem to care too much while WB are money hogs. I did a speech just on how much money is behind the HP industry and it is incredible, def. more WB then Jo. If anyone has read an interview with Jo where she talks about fans you would know this is WB.
     
  11. yes, I think I read that Rowling is the richest women in the world... The lawsuit is a joke!!! They are not building it for profit... but that doesn't always matter. I would think that maybe she doesn't want to be associated with certain religious groups... but since her lawsuit is about the money I took a double take.

    She is really alienating her fans.